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Note: This post is a continuation of the thought presented in my gossip post.

Pushing the boulder up the hill

Trying to recover from “concern” voiced behind one’s back, idle chatter, rumor and malicious lies is very much like trying to push a boulder to the top of a hill. It is endless, exhausting and almost surely impossible.

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Ha!  I saw this image, and was reminded of the old story of the endless job of rolling the boulder uphill.  Then, I clicked the ‘larger image’ button and discovered that this drawing takes it a step further. There is someone above the stone pushing down. That is an even better illustration of what a person has to overcome when he or she is the object of gossip.

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This drawing is by Barry Blitt. It appeared in

The New York TimesDecember 28, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2008/12/28/opinion/28rich.ready.html

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I’ve never done this. The thought of attempting to write a novel in 30 days, or at all, is daunting. But, it also is exciting. What if … ? What if I could write an entire novel? Do I have it in me? Do I have enough to say? What would the story, or stories be?
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I kind of think I’d be too intimidated by posting it online. I’m afraid I would censor what I write. I’d like to write about people and places and the interaction between people in all those places. It’s scary and exciting all at the same time.
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Could *I* do that? Could *I* write a novel? (sigh) I guess there’s one way to find out …

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If you’re interested, here’s my source: National Novel Writing Month: You Can Do It!

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November is just around the corner. Y’know what that means? National Novel Writing Month! (NaNoWriMo for short.)

NaNoWriMo challenges you to write throughout November, piecing together a narrative until, voila! You’ve got a 175-page, 50,000-word novel on your hands.

That may sound daunting, but it’s totally doable! In fact, more than 15,000 people did it last year.

If you want to go for it, just follow this simple plan:

  • Every day, take a minute to sit down and write a story. You don’t need to have it all planned out, just write.
  • Post each delicious literary morsel to your blog and tag it with “nanowrimo08.”
  • When you’re hitting a wall, use that tag to check out what others are doing and gain inspiration.
  • Go to NaNoWriMo by midnight on Nov. 30 to have your novel verified.
  • Print business cards with your new title: Great American (or Indonesian or Argentinian or…) Novelist.

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I can relate to that cat.

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“Seventy miles an hour. Oh Lord, what have I gotten myself into?! I just wanted to take a nap! And now, the end seems near and I’m holding on for dear life!”

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I’ve not felt that way lately, even with my overly-scheduled life, but I do know the feeling.

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Thank goodness for those who love us and hold us close and tell us they love us.

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Here are a few links I’ve come across tonight. I’d like to share them with you.

Spiritual Connection

Where God Lives (“Crazy Tracy” talks about the search for spiritual connection and readers comment)

Music

Christmas Music (“Minstrel Boy” shares a few YouTube videos of church music performances)>
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St. Stephen’s Day (more music from “Minstrel Boy”, this one is a sing-along)

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Oh, India/Home Is Where The Heart Is/Imshee Ma’aia Walk With Me/Nepal (Music by Lorelei Loveridge. Listen to it now.)
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Joni Mitchell (as listed on Wikipedia)

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How We Die (Video by Dawn Kahn, died March 28, 2007 of breast cancer, published by her twin sister in honor of Dawn, and in an effort to draw attention to the need for early cancer detection and more research to find a cure for cancer. Dawn believed if money spent on war had been spent on research to cure cancer, she and others would be alive today.)

Christmas

A Christmas Gift (Zoe Brain tells how she used the money from the tip jar to help a family in need)
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Fabulous Santa Post (“Maxine” has pictures and stories to read while you drink cold milk and munch on cookies)

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Christmas 2007 (image and words by “The Dark Wraith”)

Our Crazy, Mixed-up World

Final Rant o’ the Year (“Karen Zipdrive” is gets a few things off her chest and feels so much better now)
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The Lioness Fallen (“The Dark Wraith” writes about Benazir Bhutto)
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Teasing the Tiger? (Joel Sax offers his thoughts on what happened at the San Francisco Zoo)
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Our Dysfunctional Family (compelling true stories from “Our Dysfunctional Family”)
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The Moderate Voice (“TMV”, speaking from the middle, linking to left-middle-right)

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Michael Grant (“Children – that is, any person age 25 or younger – live in a world so different from the adult world that it could almost be described as a parallel universe… It is possible that kids in their youth world believe in their power, and that their power is greater than ours. They no longer are obligated to check with us, or to participate with us, and don’t expect us, or want us, to speak unless we are spoken to.”)

Life in the Wild

Battle at Kruger (video on YouTube by Jason Schlosberg and David Budzinski. “A battle between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo, and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in South Africa’s Kruger National Park while on safari.”)

Laughter is the Best Medicine

200 Impressions ( This guy is talented with impersonations. Jay Leno are you watching? David Letterman? Craig Ferguson? Jimmy Kimmel? I added my comments to his reviews: “I’ll Give You Five Stars5/5 stars12/29/2007 You’re gifted, and it’s clear that you work hard and love what you do. Thanks for sharing your talent. I hope to see you on comedy shows before long- dhconcerts“)
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Father and Son chat (photo caption: “Son, you’re making the same mistake … I made with your mother … “)

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What was it that Elvis and Princess Di told me that night at the river?

“Life is much too short to keep on running. Learn to face your fears and live them down … All you need is love and courage. You can change the world right where you are.”

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I just had two opposite experiences within an hour of that last post (the one about how I feel about writing and performing). One was ‘happy’ and one was ‘unhappy’. Both were directly related to music, performing, how others see it and how I experience it. (more…)

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[UPDATE November 13, 2007:
PLEASE VISIT http://efolkmusic.org
CLICK THE LINK for 12-FREE-mp3-DOWNLOADS
LISTEN to Lean In For A Kiss
DOWNLOAD it if you like it
TELL all your friends.
THANKS]

I’ve had a lifelong conflict between doing what I love, writing and creating, and doing what it takes to share it with others.

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